Eighteen more commodities will be added to the present nine for distribution to the people under the Amma Hastam programme, Minister for Investment and Infrastructure Ganta Srinivasa Rao said while launching the programme in Visakha South Assembly constituency at the GVMC Stadium here on Thursday.The State government has allotted Rs. 660 crore for the Amma Hastam programme and in Visakhapatnam 11 lakh people would be benefited. He asked the ration shop dealers to extend their support to the programme and ensure that there were no complaints.

The Minister explained the development works taken up in the old city area.

Government Whip Dronaraju Srinivasa Rao said the government was implementing programmes for women empowerment and each pack of commodities being distributed under Amma Hastam, costing Rs. 292 in the market were given at Rs. 185.

Collector V. Sheshadri warned ration shop dealers that severe action would be taken if discrepancies were found in implementation of Amma Hastam. GVMC was also a part of implementation of the programme, said Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana. Steps were being taken to implement the programme all over the district, Joint Collector Pravin Kumar said.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao also handed over 1,250 LPG connections under the Deepam scheme and Rs. 21.95 crore as bank linkage to 1,178 SHGs. District Supply Officer Jwala Prakash, Zonal Commissioner Viswanadham and other officials organised the programme.

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